RAMALLAH, May 23, 2017 (WAFA) – More than 1,800 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are continuing their open-ended hunger strike in Israeli jails for the 37th day in a row.
The media committee of the strike said many hunger strikers in Ramleh prison were moved to hospital on Monday following a serious deterioration in their health condition.
Ehab Ghalith, an attorney with the Detainees Affairs Commission who was allowed to visit some of the hunger strikers, said serious health conditions started to appear on the prisoners, including frequent fainting, nausea and vomiting, severe headaches, low blood pressure and heartbeat, as well as a significant loss of weight.
The committee called for effective action to save the lives of the hunger striking prisoners, especially as a large number of prisoners were moved to hospital.
The hunger strikers are calling for better access to medical care; increased visit duration from 45 to 90 minutes; removal of glass barriers during family visits; improved detention conditions including easing restrictions on the entry of books, clothing, food and other gifts from family members; installing phones to enable prisoners to communicate with their families and an end to the policy of administrative detention.